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Ghana gov't will protect poultry industry

Ghana's VP John Dramani Mahama says the country has a comparative advantage in rice and poultry production, and government would strive to promote growth in the 2 economic ventures.

"We cannot ban the importation of rice and poultry because we might be flouting the World Trade Organisation rules, and so what we can do is to protect these industries from outside companies by supporting them to survive in the open market competition," he said, according to MyJoyOnline.

Mahama made the observation when a Korean Business delegation paid a courtesy call to outline their business plan for Ghana.

A delegation from the Clark Sustainable Resource Development Limited, a Canadian development organisation, Students from Stamford University in the UK and African Global Sister Cities Foundation called on him.

He said Ghana was on track in achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) especially the eradication of poverty, which had the potential of making the country self-sufficient and an exporter of food.

The VP also said that the provision of equipment such as tractors and irrigation were some of the strategies the government was adopting to increase food production and reduce food importation into the country.

Source: MyJoyOnline

Natalie Berkhout

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